Bison Football Fall at Army

Logan Kinajil-Moran, Contributing Writer

The Bison football team lost 63-10 in a tough encounter at Army West Point at historic Michie Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Army West Point, who became bowl eligible with the victory, took the lead with six unanswered touchdowns in the first half. The Bison looked to fight back in the third quarter, with Jared Cooper ’22 rushing for a 19-yard touchdown, and Ryan Schatzel ’24 kicking a 25-yard field goal in back-to-back possessions. However, these points weren’t enough to stop The Black Knights from racing away with three more touchdowns in the second half, after a lightning delay during the intermission. Army led the game in first downs (30-11), total offense (486-175), and time of possession (34:23-25:37).

Bison quarterback Ethan Grady ’25 completed 16 passes for 136 yards. Tight-ends Adam Barakat ’24 and Christian Spugnardi ’25 set career-high figures in receiving yards, with 44 and 30 yards respectively. Marques Owens ’25 also set a career record with 38 kickoff return yards as part of his 66 all-purpose yards.

On the defensive end, Alex Smith Jr. ’25 and Cooper Kim ’23 set career-high totals for tackles, with eight and seven respectively. 

“Playing Army at Michie Stadium was an incredible experience that I do not think anyone on the team will ever forget. The main challenge that Army posed is the fact that they are a great team with a very unique styled offense that is difficult to stop. We go into every game with a winning mentality therefore we knew we would have to play better than we had all year to compete with Army,” Kim, who scored the Bison’s only touchdown, said. 

The Orange and Blue close their 2021 campaign at home against defending Patriot League champions Holy Cross on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium.

“Nothing is different going into our last game against Holy Cross. The energy and vibe of the team is positive since we all have been waiting for a rematch with the reigning Champs. We know what talent we have and what we are capable of and that is why we are going into this game expecting to win,” Kim said. 

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